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today’s gaming and entertainment laptops need
to cram the most cutting-edge processors, blaz-
ing graphics cards, a ton of storage space, and a
gorgeous display into a notebook that can catch
the eye of picky multimedia junkies. toshiba set
out to do just that with its 17-inch Qosmio X775-
3DV78, and took it a step further by throwing in a
3D-enabled display and a pair of nvidia’s active
shutter 3D glasses.
the Qosmio X775 is wrapped
in toshiba’s X2 Fusion finish,
which covers the X775’s lid
and deck in asymmetrical,
horizontal textured stripes.
We have a bigger problem
with the color choices. the
chassis is a bright reflective
silver that gives way to red. It
looks a little tacky.
thanks to its well-spaced
keys, typing on the X775 was easy. Unfortunately,
though, the keys are flat and smooth, making
them feel slippery. We also noticed some flex
on the layout, especially below the keyboard’s
undersized space bar.
We found the 3.7 x 2-inch touchpad to be
accurate and responsive. still, the pad often picked
up our palms brushing against it as we typed,
resulting in some accidental input.
boasting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 3D
capability, the X775’s 17-inch display is simply
gorgeous. A trailer for Bellflower and a blu-ray of
The Green Hornet looked amazing. Colors were
especially vivid, making images seem to pop off
though the harman/kardon speakers on the
Qosmio X775 crank out some nice audio of their
own, the real heavy lifting is done by the subwoofer
located on the bottom of the
notebook. Movies sounded
great, and any music we played
sounded as if it was coming
out of a dedicated stereo.
the X775-3DV78 features
a 120Hz display that leverages
nvidia’s 3D Vision technology
and active shutter glasses to
provide 3D images. toshiba
includes a pair of nvidia’s
glasses, which is nice con-
sidering a single pair costs about $150.
We popped in a 3D blu-ray of The Green Hornet
to test out playback and were not disappointed.
Images jumped right off the screen, and fight
scenes almost had us ducking and weaving to avoid
punches and kicks. Although you can’t convert 2D
blu-rays to play in 3D, you can convert 2D DVDs.
We tested this function with a DVD version of The
Green Hornet. the actors still popped off the screen,
but they had a wavy, distorted quality.
With a quad-core 2.0 -GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM
processor, 8Gb of RAM, a 750Gb, 7,200-rpm primary
hard drive and a 500Gb, 5,400-rpm secondary drive,
the X775 provides power on a par with its closest
competitors. In PCMark Vantage, the system notched
a score of 7,948. that’s better than the desktop
replacement category average of 7,590, but below
the 8,222 scored by the Dell XPs 17 3D.
toshiba equipped the X775 with an nvidia
GeForce GtX 560M graphics chip with 1.5Gb of
RAM and optimus graphics switching. With that
kind of power, the X775 produced highperformance
numbers. In 3DMark Vantage, the X775 scored
9,750—almost 3,000 points higher than the
the Qosmio kept up its strong
performance on our 2D gaming test,
averaging a smooth 79 fps in World
of Warcraft in 2D mode with the
graphics settings turned all the
way up.When playing Far Cry 2 with
the settings maxed out, the X775 scored 62
fps, which bests the category average of 38 fps.
because it’s a desktop replacement, you wouldn’t
3D Power, Striking Package
the toshiba Qosmio X775 offers a full Hd 3d display, quad-core power, and
excellent audio, but the design could be a turnoff.
expect the X775’s battery life to be terribly impres-
sive. the notebook’s endurance of only 2 hours
and 4 minutes is more than an hour less than the
category average of 3:18.
the X775-3DV78 provides strong graphics per-
formance and booming sound. Its 3D functionality
is also top-notch, although you’ll have to sacrifice
frame rates for the extra depth in your gameplay.
our biggest issue with the X775 is its design. We
just don’t find it attractive. but if you dig the Qos-
mio’s look, then you won’t be disappointed with
this multimedia powerhouse.
— Daniel Howley
the X775 has built-in 3D, and comes with a pair
of nvidia active-shutter glasses.
w w w.toshibadirect.com
cpU: 2-GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM operating
system: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-
bit) ram/expandable to: 8Gb/8Gb Hard
drive size/speed: 750Gb/7,200 rpm and
500Gb/5,400 rpm optical drive: b lu - r a y dis-
play size/resolution: 17.3 inches/1920 X
1080 Graphics/Video memory: nvidia GeForce
GtX 560M (3D vision)/1.5Mb shared with optimus
graphics switching Wireless: 802.11b/g/n,
bluetooth 3.0 ports: one Usb 3.0 , three Usb
2.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, ethernet, headphone,
mic, kensington Lock slot card slots: 5-in-1
memory card reader size: 16.3 x 10.8 x 2.4
inches Weight: 8 p ou n d s Warranty/support:
one-year limited/24/7 toll-free phone
harman/kardon speakers and subwoofer pump
out great sound
3D display offers excellent images
overly sensitive touchpad
LAPtoP battery test
L APtoP transfer test
boot time (min:sec)*
(autodetect/max) 94/79 fps 148/60 fps
Far Cry 2
(autodetect/max) 150/62 fps 82/38 fps
* Lower is better
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